In the latest edition of our "UP NEXT" series we take it to the hardwood and catch up with 2010 J.L. Mann SG/SF Brandon Boggs. The Patriots standout has come on strong in his junior season and has started to spark a lot of interest for himself from a number of colleges. We sat down with Boggs to talk about his season thus far, outlook for the rest of the season, and how his recruitment is starting to take shape.
Currently averaging 17 points and 5 rebounds per game Boggs has kicked his game up another level this season. Most schools come to see 2011 standout SG Damien Leonard but many of them leave asking about #15 (Boggs) as well. Boggs checks in at 6'5 170 pounds and currently plays small forward primarily for Jeff Craft's Patriots.
Recently competing at the Beach Ball Classic the Patriots and Boggs were able to face some of the toughest teams from across the country. Boggs talked about his experience at the BBC. "Last summer I played against some of the top aau teams in America, so I have been up against elite competition before. I just tried to play like it was just another game. The toughest guy I faced was Michael Taylor from Boys and Girls (NY). Besides Damien, I usually guard guys that can't shoot over me because of my long arms but he did it a couple times."
There's also some pretty good competition down the road from J.L. Mann in AA state champions Southside High. Their rivalry has become a big draw for local fans in upstate SC and Boggs talked about the 'round the way battles. "The rivalry with Southside is really big. We look forward to playing them every year. Playing against Southside is like a championship AAU game because a lot of people are there and the teams are way above average."
We have our own analysis of Brandon's game at this juncture below but we asked Brandon to give a self analysis when it comes to his game as well. "My ability to get to the rim is the strongest part of my game, then my mid range game is next." He also talked about areas of his game that he wanted to work on vigorously to improve his all-around talents. "I want to become a consistent three-point shooter and a better ball handler."
Boggs also talked about his AAU squad and how they fared this past AAU season. "I play with the Carolina Cougars. Damien Leonard is on the team, and because of him a lot of schools got to see me play and I had a lot of great games. I don't remember just one player that was really good but there was one team at the Boo Williams Tournament out of Maryland called the Baltimore Stars and they were really good. They've got 2 ranked players in my class."
As we said previously Boggs plays SF for the Patriots but when asked where he envisions himself possibly on the next level he replied, "I plan on playing SG but I probably could play SF too because I'm still growing but I will have to get a lot stronger no matter what position I play."
As his stock has risen this season a number of schools have made it a point to stay in regular contact with the 2010 prospect. "Clemson, South Carolina, Colorado State, and Elon send me letters but a lot of colleges talk to my AAU coach, Willis Holliday. Colorado State and Clemson are probably coming after me the hardest, I hear the most from those two schools."
Boggs says he has an early list of favorites at this point as well consisting of Georgia, Clemson, South Carolina, Maryland, and Miami. He also excels in the classroom with a 3.4 GPA and plans to major in business in college.
We will be collecting video highlights of Boggs from some of his best games this season so stay tuned for footage of Boggs in action soon as well.
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Scout's Analysis of Brandon Boggs
At this juncture Boggs is easily a mid-major prospect given his size, athleticism, and skill set. He has a real knack for getting to the bucket and if he continues to get stronger then he will only get better as he'll be able to finish with the added power. Boggs has a nice touch and consistency on his jumper from about 18 feet in. He is capable of knocking down three-pointers but will need to work on consistency to be a more sought after prospect for the next level. Right now when he's in attack mode he's almost guaranteed to come away with points whether he knock down the shot or getting fouled and knocking down foul shots. Has become a leader and stepped up for his team when other teams focus on slowing down Leonard. Boggs is a great teammate who really brings intensity to the court and finds way to contribute in other areas of the game aside from just scoring points (rebounds, defense, sparking his team with a monster dunk, etc.) -Kerry Fair of SCPrepNation.com